Cholera Outbreak Looms As Buipe Residents Drink Polluted Water
There is a looming outbreak of cholera disease around Buipe and its environs due to the recent flooding in the area. Some parts of Central Gonja district of the Savanna Region were flooded as a result of the opening of the Bagre dam coupled with heavy downpour which caused the overflow of the Black Volta into township of Buipe.
The situation has resulted in the pollution of the Black Volta with filth and the submerging of toilet facilities in the area. The water plant by the Ghana Water Company which is used to pump water into the Buipe township has also been submerged and destroyed by the recent floods. The water crisis has hit the entire Buipe township
which has compelled residents to depend on the only source of water, the Black Volta which has been contaminated by filth, and fecal matter from the submerged toilets. A visit to the Buipe township by journelist showed massive filth floating on top of the Black Volta while some public toilets have been
submerged with the same water floating into the Black Volta. Business activities in the Central Gonja district have been greatly affected due to the flood situation which has destroyed properties and rendered thousands of residents homeless. Areas like the Buipe market, Buipe bridge, the Buipe cattle market, and other business
centers in the district have been hit by the floods. Residents are therefore worried that they are likely to contract cholera, diarrhea, and other waterborne diseases when they consume the contaminated water. Madam Ayisha Issah, a resident was of the view that they are forced to fetch water from the river due to the
lack of potable water in the township. The floods have destroyed the water plant that pumps water for us and days now we don’t have potable water and we have to also survive so we depend on this lake even though we know it’s not safe but my brother we don’t have a choice. The Paramount Chief of the Buipe Traditional
Area who doubles as the Vice President of the Savannah Regional House of Chiefs, Buipewura Abdulai Jinapor Il, during the Buipe Damba festival 2022 appealed to the government, organizations, philanthropists, and individuals to come to the aid of the people of Buipe. The water situation in Buipe is a very serious matter, where
are we going to get potable water to drink? Filth and unwanted substances have all entered the river and have polluted it but what can we do the people will be forced to drink it and the likelihood then contracting cholera is very high so I am appealing to the government, organizations, philanthropists, and individuals to come to
our aid. They shouldn’t wait until people start dying before they come because we are in a very serious situation and so they should come and save our lives. He added.